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Course SummaryIncrease your middle schooler's understanding of U.S. history, including the Great Depression, the Revolutionary War and the civil rights movement, with this kid-friendly study course. Our short video lessons and quizzes are geared to young learners and can help them study for a test or complete a tough homework assignment.
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Lessons in this middle school U.S. history course offer you a comprehensive view of American history, from the origins of the first people to set foot on the continent to the policies of modern-day presidential administrations. Instructors even cover some events in our nation's history that you might not be familiar with, such as the defeat of Barbary pirates on the North African coast, the sensationalism of the muckrakers and the origins of the Beat Generation. Whether you'd like to learn something new or review topics covered in your own class, lessons in this course can help you study the following topics:
- Pre-Columbian populations in the Americas and European colonization
- The Revolutionary War and the origins of U.S. government
- Legacies of the Virginia Dynasty and Jacksonian democracy
- American territorial and economic expansion in antebellum America
- Causes of the American Civil War and the effects of Reconstruction
- American industrialization, the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era
- American foreign policy and involvement in World War I and II
- 1920s economy and culture and the effects of the Great Depression
- Civil rights and countercultural movements from the 40s to the 70s
- Causes and outcomes of the Korean, Vietnam and Cold Wars
- Domestic and foreign presidential policies from Nixon to Obama
Our middle school U.S. history course contains short engaging video lessons as well as transcripts, both of which allow you to work through the material at your own pace. You can even access corresponding text lessons if you'd like to delve further into key terms and take self-assessment quizzes to determine which topics you're familiar with and which will require some additional study.
|First Contacts in the Americas||Explore the history of pre-Columbian civilizations in the Americas alongside the effects of European colonization on these indigenous populations. Examine the impact of Columbus' discoveries on trade between the Old and New Worlds.|
|Settling North America & the Colonies||Get acquainted with Dutch, French and Swedish territories in North America. Learn about failed colonies and factors leading to the success of the Plymouth Rock settlement. Identify characteristics of the Southern, Middle and New England colonies.|
|The Revolutionary War||Analyze the impact of the First Great Awakening and the Enlightenment. Study forms of colonial resistance to British taxation and the components of the Declaration of Independence. Survey significant military battles, conditions of British surrender and the impact of the revolution on Americans' social and religious lives.|
|The Making of a Nation after the American Revolution||Compare central governments created by the Articles of Confederation and the U.S. Constitution. Learn about the presidential legacies of Washington, Hamilton and John Adams.|
|The Virginia Dynasty||Consider the accomplishments of Jefferson's presidency and trace causes of the War of 1812. Identify factors contributing to America's economic expansion and industrialization. Study educational reforms and the effects of the Missouri Compromise of 1820.|
|Jacksonian Democracy||Analyze Jackson's use of executive power and his stance on states' rights. Examine his efforts to bring an end to the national bank and remove Native Americans from their land. Get an overview of the presidencies of Van Buren and Harrison.|
|Everyday Life in Antebellum America||Recognize characteristics of the American Renaissance and 19th-century reform movements. Explore the innovations leading to commercial revolution, identify the problems associated with Northern urbanization and examine the economy and social hierarchy of the South. Survey the history of slavery in early America and learn about prominent figures in the abolitionist movement.|
|Manifest Destiny & American Expansion||Examine treaties leading to joint control of the Oregon Territory and discover the land acquired in the Mexican Cession. Explore the California Gold Rush and the components of the Compromise of 1850.|
|Buildup to the American Civil War||Review causes of rising tension over slavery and examine the outcomes of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Explore the implications of the Dred Scott decision and the raid at Harper's Ferry. Assess the significance of the Lincoln-Douglas debates in the election of 1858 and learn about Southern secession and the Battle of Fort Sumter.|
|The American Civil War||Research the First Battle of Bull Run and study the context of the Emancipation Proclamation. Find out why conflicts at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Vicksburg turned the tide of the war. Follow Sherman's march to the sea, examine Lee's surrender and discover the repercussions of Lincoln's assassination.|
|After the Civil War: Reconstruction||Compare Lincoln's and Johnson's plans for Reconstruction. Analyze the successes and failures of Grant's presidency, the effects of Reconstruction and the significance of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments. Learn how the Reconstruction affected life in the South and discover the implications of the transcontinental railroad, the Homestead Act, the Indian Wars and the election of 1876.|
|American Industrialization of the Late 19th Century||Examine American immigration and labor conditions during the second Industrial Revolution and the Gilded Age. Scrutinize the rise of nativism and populist movements and assess the influence of the robber barons.|
|The Progressive Era of the Early 20th Century||Discover the political agendas of Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressives. Explore this era's work improvements and anti-trust regulations alongside the influence of muckraking journalists. Identify prominent African-American leaders and women's suffragists and follow the 1912 presidential election.|
|American Imperialism & World War I||Assess causes of the Spanish-American War and motives for American imperialism in Hawaii, the Philippines and China. Follow events pushing the U.S. into World War I and identify outcomes of the Treaty of Versailles.|
|1920s America||Explore American culture, economy and politics in the 1920s and consider the art of the Harlem Renaissance. Examine reactions to the KKK, prohibition and the Red Scare as well as the Scopes and Scottsboro trials.|
|America and the Great Depression||Study the Wall Street crash of 1929 and subsequent unemployment during the Great Depression. Explore the effects of the Dust Bowl and the construction of the Hoover Dam. Investigate Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and foreign policy prior to World War II.|
|America and the Second World War||Research the attack on Pearl Harbor and the U.S. entry into World War II. Look into European fronts, the fight for North Africa and war in the Pacific. Learn about the Holocaust and Japanese internment. Examine U.S. domestic policies and life on the home front. Find out how the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki changed warfare and assess the outcomes of the Yalta and Potsdam conferences.|
|Post-War and the Cold War||Analyze U.S. foreign and domestic policy following World War II and explore 1940s and 1950s counterculture. Pinpoint causes of the Cold War and Korean War and survey the presidencies of Eisenhower, Kennedy and Nixon. Study domestic responses to the Vietnam War.|
|Civil Rights Movements in America||Explore the civil rights and student movements during the 1950s and 1960s. Identify the significance of the 24th amendment and the events occurring in 1968. Follow women's, Native American and other activist movements in the 60s and 70s.|
|America in the 1970s||Investigate Nixon's foreign policies and his resignation following the Watergate scandal. Examine conflict in the Middle East and the outcome of Roe v. Wade. Survey the presidencies of Ford and Carter.|
|America in the 1980s||Discover American trends in the 1980s and the significance of Regan's election. Peruse his political conservatism, his foreign policy and the effects of Reaganomics. Study George H.W. Bush's foreign and domestic policies as well as his presidency's accomplishments.|
|America from 1992 to the Present||Assess the presidential election of 1992, Clinton's foreign and domestic policy and his impeachment. Follow George W. Bush's election in 2000, his domestic agenda and his role in the war on terror. Consider Obama's election in 2008 and the state of the American economy when he took office. Identify his administration's policies and second term goals.|
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